Painted Horses was a national bestseller, an Amazon 100 Best Books of the year, #1 Indie Next Great Read, an Indies Introduce selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, and an Amazon Debut Spotlight
If Painted Horses was Malcolm's homage to Harrison and Ondaatje, Cloudmaker recalls the spirit of Mark Twain. This is for readers of Jonathan Evison, Brady Udall, and Jonathan Miles.
We are coming off a strong sales track for Painted Horses, and Malcolm charmed the booksellers and librarians. There is a lot of goodwill for him.
Brooks tells a story of a forgotten era, a time of tinkerers and invention, of Amelia Earhart (whose final flight gives the book its arc) and “Lindy Fever,” and Brooks’ budding inventor and his liberated female cousin are tremendously appealing. It’s also about the moment when evangelical Christianity entered the modern, mass media era, with the newly invented megachurch and sermons broadcast over airwaves. The twin drives of progress/liberation and a sense of hastening our downfall give the book its heft.
Cloudmaker has the feel, like Virgil Wander, of a more innocent time. It's great escapist fare arriving at a time when readers are hungry for it.
The plane that Huck endeavors to build is based on the Pietenpol Air Camper, one of the build-at-home models that showed aspiring aviators how to adapt a car engine for flight.
Brooks’ essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outside, Sports Afield, and Montana Quarterly, among others.